Updated Covid-19 Information
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are constantly evaluating when we can reopen our Homewood Road facility for Day services. Like all of you, we are encouraged by the lower Covid-19 numbers. We have also worked hard to make information about the importance of the vaccine and the vaccine available to the people we support as well as to all of our staff. However, we cannot re-open our doors until we are able to ensure that the health and safety of our individuals and staff can be maintained. This includes the safety and well being of people in transport, in the community and in the building. Please know we are doing our level best to reopen, and we will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to keep you updated and as always, we appreciate your understanding and support.
- Tuesday — Community For All!
- Wednesday — DSPs Make The Difference!
- Thursday — Expectations Matter!
COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall
February 4, 2021
5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Maryland Department of Health: Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccine-Facts vs Fiction for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability
January 27, 2021
People who live and work in group homes for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities have been prioritized in the highest priority group to receive the vaccine. Please register on this form.
At The Arc of Howard County we are continuing to update information to families and staff concerning COVID-19. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and best practices. As always our priority is keeping the people we support and our staff safe.
Voting Information from Delegate Jessica Feldmark (District 12-Howard County)
How to Submit a Mail-in Ballot
There are TWO ways to submit a mail-in ballot:
- You can return your mail-in ballot through the mail. If you do, your ballot must be postmarked by November 3, 2020.
- You may drop off your mail-in ballot at any ballot drop box in your county of residence 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. For a list of ballot drop box locations in Howard County, visit this site.
Whether you return your ballot in a drop box or by mail, please be sure to sign the oath on the outside of the envelope (or if you printed an electronically delivered ballot, the oath is on a separate sheet of paper). A mail-in ballot will not be counted without a signed voter’s oath.
Voting in Person
During Early Voting
Early Voting is October 26, 2020-November 2, 2020. Early Voting Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. every day. Citizens can vote at any Early Voting Center in their county of residence. For a list of Early Voting Centers in Howard County, visit this site.
On Election Day
Election Day is November 3, 2020. Election Day Voting Centers will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Citizens can vote at any Voting Center in their county of residence. For a list of Election Day Voting Centers in Howard County, visit this site.
Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities
It is absolutely critical that voting is fully accessible to people with disabilities. For a description of the accessibility options for voters with disabilities, visit this site.
The Arc of Howard County is very excited to receive the Howard County “Rise to the Challenge” grant from Howard County Executive Calvin Ball! Thank you Howard County and congratulations to all of the other recipients – you are all amazing organizations! Together we are rising to the Challenge! Click here to see the presentations on YouTube or watch below.
Join the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Community of Practice for Supporting Families for its Supporting Families Webinar Series on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at noon.
This webinar series is facilitated by Mary Anne Kane-Breschi, both the parent of a young woman with multiple disabilities and the Director of Family Supports for the DDA. Utilizing the principles and tools of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) framework, Mary Anne, along with special guests and subject matter experts:
- Mel Smith, Self-Advocate
- Tracy Wright, People On The Go
- Babette Smith, Parent and Owner of Intentional Support, LCC, and Support Broker
- Gail Godwin, Executive Director of Shared Support Maryland, Inc.
- Thelma Green, Project Action!
- Samantha Davis
- Joan Rumenap, Accessible Resources for Independence (ARI)
- Amanda Frey
Families and individuals with disabilities will learn about person centered planning, what it is, its purpose, and their role in its development.